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Persian Gulf / Mines #110773

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 1987
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(Gulf of Oman: Mike Lee) Contd. discovery of mines in Persian Gulf shipping lanes and implications for US-Kuwaiti protection agreement examined; details given, scenes shown. Coast Guard's effort to destroy them shown. [Tanker Captain Nikos VOUGARIS - reacts to mine's proximity.] Other developments in gulf region today reviewed; Iran, accusing United States of planting mines, said offering to help United Arab Emirates' minesweeping operation.

(Studio: Ted Koppel) USS Guadalcanal with minesweeping helicopters reported expected to arrive in Persian Gulf this weekend.

(London, England: Barrie Dunsmore) Potential for disaster from concentrated international warship power in gulf's confines examined; details given, scenes shown. Size of fleets per country listed on screen. [British Admiral William STAVELEY - notes relationship between crowded seas and tension.] Possibility of war by miscalculation or accident cited. [Mideast expert George JOFFE - believes US-Iran confrontation is inevitable; explains.]

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Koppel, Ted;
Lee, Mike

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